New poster campaign tackles racism in Wrexham
September 17, 2011 by Lyndon
A poster campaign designed to raise awareness of the damage and hurt that racism can cause has been launched in Wrexham.
The campaign is being led by Glyndwr University and North Wales Police and features a series of communications that have been produced using poster printing. Wrexham’s takeaway outlets are at the centre of the appeal to combat racism after a recent investigation found that the takeaway owners of Wrexham felt a certain level of persecution and isolation. The investigation also revealed that takeaway owners who had been victims of racism felt less able to report these incidents for fear of a loss of business off the back of any possible prosecutions.
The poster campaign has been named ‘Racism Sticks’ as an attempt to communicate a double-edged message that a racist comment can stay with the person on the receiving end of it for a long time and that the person who makes the racist remark could have to live with the consequences of what they have said for a significant period. This is designed to act as a deterrent to anyone who may have otherwise made a racist comment.
North Wales Police are hoping that their poster printing campaign will help Wrexham residents to both think twice before saying something they may later regret and also to raise awareness of how to contact police to report racism, with a view to stamping it out altogether.
The campaign is running in conjunction with social media activity and the police are urging anyone with information relating to racist incidents should call 101.